about Chinese rice-smugglers

Out of all the things we know people smuggle, would you have expected rice to be up there with the best of them? Apparently, in Hong Kong it is.

“While shoppers have begun hoarding daily items like napkins, baby formula and snacks, the Hong Kong bestseller is still rice. Hong Kong authorities have long limited buyers to only 15 kilos, imposing a HK$6,400 fine for anyone found going over their limit. Ever resourceful, mainland smugglers pay women and children 80 yuan each to go to Hong Kong and bring bags of safe and high quality rice into China. Women and children make better rice “mules” because customs officers typically target men for inspection.”

I bet that leads to the occasional sticky situation here and there.

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